Planning an extended family holiday can be a challenge, so we’ve come up with a list of trips that offer travellers something for everyone, from generation to generation.
Whether it’s a family reunion, a celebration or just a reason to bond away from home with the family, check out our top picks of destinations, tours and accommodation for the perfect multigenerational holiday.
Butterfield & Robinson
Dedicated to providing unique and authentic experiences at every turn, Butterfield & Robinson, the world’s premier active travel company is one of the world’s best tour operators for families. B&R have crafted a number of family adventures that illuminate, inspire and (don’t tell the kids!) educate travellers of all ages. A popular choice amongst multigenerational travellers is the Loire Valley Family adventure. Visiting the Loire Valley with the whole family is like a trip through a fairytale. The kids will love it for the canoeing, the sword play and the sprawling field of sunflowers, while parents and grandparents will appreciate the great food, fantastic biking and luxury château – everybody wins!
For more information visit: www.butterfield.com
From unforgettable shows and celebrity restaurants, to luxurious resorts and adventure, families visiting Las Vegas will be sure to find the right balance of activities and relaxation to appeal to every generation. Parents can take a night off at one of the many luxurious spas, while grandparents take the kids to experience the world’s largest permanent circus at Circus Circus Las Vegas. Alternatively, the whole family can spend some time off the strip exploring the Downtown area including Fremont Street and the Downtown Container Park. From museums and chocolate factory tours to the world’s biggest indoor theme park and the world’s largest observation wheel, Las Vegas is an ideal destination for every generation – It’s no wonder Las Vegas is known as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World.’
For more information visit: www.visitlasvegas.com
Luna2 was designed with inter-generational groups in mind. It has 14 super-spacious studio rooms, all with open-plan lounging areas, a large balcony overlooking the pool and temple land and direct pool access from the ground level studios. A studio room interconnects with a grand studio for larger immediate family groups of five. There are a range of leisure spaces perfect for all ages, including ‘Pop!’ lounge bar, Lunaplex a 16-seat cinema with movie screenings daily and computer game battles, poolside Orbit restaurant, Space rooftop bar and the Mondrian-ic colour-blocked lap pool. A personal concierge and kids coordinator will also ensure any activity goes seamlessly.
The hotel, which is named after the first spacecraft to land on the moon in the late 50’s, blends nostalgia with futurism and touches of fun, to create a property which appeals to everyone from kids to grandparents, and every age in between.
For more information visit: www.luna2.com.
When it comes to picking a holiday for the whole family, you can’t go wrong with a tropical island escape. Nestled in the middle of the Pacific Ocean’s turquoise waters, Vanuatu ticks all of the boxes for those looking for a family-friendly destination. Adventurous teens won’t want to miss out on ziplining and off-road buggies in Port Vila on Efate, while grandma and grandpa might want to visit the local food markets or traditional villages for a taste of culture. Together, the whole family can explore some of Vanuatu’s most beautiful natural wonders, the blue holes. Mum and dad might even be able to sneak off to a private island and enjoy a spa treatment at one of the luxury-high end resorts. The best part of all – Vanuatu is only two and a half hours from Brisbane and three hours from Sydney or Auckland which makes a long weekend getaway easy.
For more information visit www.vanuatu.travel
Texas, the second largest state in the United States, offers a diverse range of travel experiences from hiking, birdwatching, horseback riding, making it a great destination for extended families who seek time together on the road. From the desert landscape to rolling hills and even a stunning coastline, there is something for everyone. Consider ‘gramping’ with the kids out east to Caddo Lake for a mega summer adventure, whether you’ve got a deluxe camper with a queen-sized bed, satellite TV and – the works, – or just a bedroll and a soft rock, camping in Texas is an excellent idea. Fishing is perfect for generations young and older, as there are 80,000 miles of scenic rivers and streams of every shape and size.
And of course, cowboys are alive and well in Texas. Here dreams of climbing into the saddle and riding off into the sunset can be realities. For an authentic cowboy experience everyone will love, visit one of the many ranches, such as Bar H Dude Ranch in Panhandle Plains, Clarendon that offers chuckwagon meals, horseback riding (for all ages), cattle drives, or more relaxing bird and wildlife watching.
The Japanese Tea Garden in South Texas offers a lovely spot for family members of any age to enjoy some tea and botanical bliss, at any pace. Plan a trip to the cultural and educational park that the whole family will enjoy.
For more information visit: www.traveltexas.com
New York State
Travelling with the whole family is easy in New York State. Head out of New York City to discover a range of food and wine, outdoor and adventure and history and cultural experiences designed to delight travellers of all ages. Kids can enjoy the novelty of picking their own apples to snack on at one of the State’s 400+ apple orchards, while in the Finger Lakes Region, parents and grandparents can sample drops from some of the country’s best wine-producers; the area is known for its Rieslings, Gewurztraminer and Ice Wine. Family members of all ages can take their pick of adventure in New York State. Hiking trails of all levels of difficulty are available to explore, featuring anything from stunning waterfalls, to beautiful vistas of State Parks.
And home to a wide range of museums and cultural centres, kids, teens, parents and grandparents are sure to be captivated. The National Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown in the State’s Central New York Region, offers a unique and in depth view of one of the country’s favourite sports, while the Hudson Valley’s Storm King Art Centre, an outdoor art centre, celebrates the works of more than 100 leading sculptors in a gorgeous, natural 500-acre setting that’s perfect for a stroll, no matter if you’re 8 or 80 (it’s pram and wheelchair accessible).
For more information visit www.iloveny.com